Our new member program is one that combines fun and creativity along with giving the new members a good understanding of what Alpha Chi Omega stands for as a fraternity. The new members are welcomed at Bid Day each fall and spring, and new member meetings begin the week after. New member meetings consist of a different topic each week, along with different executive board members visiting to explain an aspect of how our chapter functions.
Our chapter is taught about Alpha Chi Omega’s values and heritage in many ways. When each member is going through the new member process, they learn all the basic things there is to know about Alpha Chi Omega. We teach them about our history and the standards we strive to live up to in our everyday lives. It is very important to us that we work to live out our values daily in different aspects. Something that our chapter does to reward this behavior is celebrating an “Alpha Chi of the Week” by presenting her with an Alpha Chi crown at meeting on Sunday. As an executive board, we tell the chapter how the individual lived out our values that previous week and why they should be recognized. We also recognize sisters that excel in their wisdom, whether that regards making smart choices in certain situations or excelling in their grades at school. Dedication is another important value that we hold high as a chapter. Our points system is designed to give recognition to the women in our chapter who devote a lot of their time and efforts to making us so successful. As a whole, our chapter works to be successful and achieve our full potential, so when certain individuals exemplify our values we feel they should be recognized for all their hard work.
The program our chapter does each year to assist in retaining the most new members possible is known as “Welcome Week”. This is done a week or two after Bid Day in order to show the new members how excited we are as a chapter to welcome them into the bond we all share. This program is a week full of fun activities and icebreakers that new and lifetime members can participate in, so that bond we share can be developed and strengthened for everyone. Each night has a different theme, and we encourage everyone to dress up for it in order to make the events even more exciting. One thing about “Welcome Week” that makes it so special to our chapter is that each day is based on a different phrase from our symphony. This aspect really helps us teach the new members what Alpha Chi Omega is all about and how we strive to live our values every day.
Alpha Chi Omega is launching a new program this year known as MyJourney is a four-year collegiate experience program that will help each member transform and grow into the kind of woman who can make a difference to herself, her friends, her family, her community, her employers and her world. MyJourney sessions are specifically designed to help each member with the stages of life that she is in. For instance, as freshman, sessions will focus on things like how to choose their majors, gain confidence, and work well with others. For seniors, sessions will focus on helping members construct a successful resume and practice interviewing for a job. Each group of women will be learning together with other members of their same age and they will be taught by their own peers. Each grade level will have a facilitator, who is a member of the same grade level as those she is facilitating. MyJourney is sure to be a successful program, teaching our members life skills that prepare them for collegiate life and life after college.
Another program our chapter utilizes to help retain new members is known as “KRONM”, which stands for “Keep Recruiting Our New Members”. This program serves as a means to keep our new members active and involved after they have been initiated. The KRONM chair is responsible for organizing fun events that they can participate in, which really helps the new members bond even more as a pledge class.
Big/Little Sister Program
Big sisters are one of the most important things involved in our new member education program. To our chapter, being a big sister is a huge but fun responsibility. This includes making our new members feel welcome, giving time to mentor them, creating new friendships, and giving gifts. Big sisters are expected to be a positive role model who shows their little sister what Alpha Chi Omega stands for and how to incorporate it into their daily life. They are also asked to show their little sisters how excited they are that they are going to be initiated and help them get involved as much as possible.
Any further questions, contact VP New Member Education, Reina Hillat Reina221@live.missouristate.edu. For Keep Recruiting Our New Members related questions, contact KRONM Chair, Emma Fritz at Emma629@live.missouristate.edu.